Beatrix loved life in the Lake District and as a prominent member of the farming community she won prizes for breeding sheep, especially the Herdwick breed. She also became a fierce campaigner on local conservation issues.
Since an early meeting at Wray Castle, Beatrix became a good friend of Canon Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley – one of the three founder members of the National Trust. When she died in 1943, she left 4,000 acres of land and countryside to the National Trust, as well as 14 farms.
All of these farms are still working farms managed by National Trust tenant farmers, in accordance with her wishes, and they continue her conservation work in the Lake District to this day.